publication . Other literature type . Article . 2003

Self-cleaning surfaces — virtual realities

Ralf Blossey;
  • Published: 01 May 2003
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
In the 19th century, Oscar Wilde stated "We live, I regret to say, in an age of surfaces". Today, we do so even more, and we do not regret it: key advances in the understanding and fabrication of surfaces with controlled wetting properties are about to make the dream of a contamination-free (or 'no-clean') surface come true. Two routes to self-cleaning are emerging, which work by the removal of dirt by either film or droplet flow. Although a detailed understanding of the mechanisms underlying the behaviour of liquids on such surfaces is still a basic research topic, the first commercial products in the household-commodity sector and for applications in biotechno...
Subjects
free text keywords: Dirt, Self-cleaning surfaces, Plastic materials, Nanotechnology, Materials science, Basic research, Droplet flow, Regret
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